Weekend: Rambling with Redford; Downloading Steve Jobs

Too much Labor Day sun is bad for your skin, so seek refuge in a nice, dark theater: You’ll be in good company with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, or get a kick out of watching what made Steve Jobs tick.

 

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A Walk in the Woods
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte make endearingly quirky hiking companions in this comedy based on Bill Bryson’s 1998 account of his failed quest to walk the Appalachian Trail. (The script and direction, by contrast, feel aimless.) Emma Thompson is so darling as Bryson’s wife, it’s clear he was a nut not to take her along.

 

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
How inscrutable was Steve Jobs? Even after interviews with some of his closest associates — not to mention the mother of his daughter —  documentarian Alex Gibney ( Going Clear) can’t quite suss out what made the man at the core of Apple tick.


 

War Room
The latest faith-inspired film from the producing/directing team of Alex and Stephen Kendrick ( Fireproof, Facing the Giants) focuses on a family’s efforts to resolve their problems through prayer.

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New on DVD, Blu-ray and Video on Demand


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Good Kill
Criminally overlooked in theaters, this haunting drama about a drone pilot fighting the Afghan war from a Las Vegas trailer is one of the year’s most important films. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ethan Hawke and Andrew Niccol on the Future of War

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Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Inspiring, heartbreaking, triumphant: This documentary about Glen Campbell’s farewell tour, cut short by his advancing Alzheimer’s, is a fitting finale to the man’s five-decade music career.

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I'll See You in My Dreams
The latest star in a welcome string of grownup-movie love stories,  Blythe Danner shines as a widow in an unexpected late-life romance with the charming Sam Elliott.

Mad Max: Fury Road
With Tom Hardy its new hero, this reboot of the original “Road Warrior” series is a surprisingly apt addendum to the original  Mel Gibson classic.

 

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Cop Car
This neat thriller finds two cute kids (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumbling upon an abandoned police car and taking it for a joyride. They don’t know a bad cop (delightfully dirty  Kevin Bacon) is dumping a body nearby. (In theaters and on Video on Demand.)

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 The End of the Tour
One-time bad boy  Jason Segel is a delightful revelation in this meaty true story of the five-day interview that  Infinite Jest author  David Foster Wallace gave  Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) in 1996. Don’t miss it.

Grandma
Lily Tomlin stars as a grandmother trying to help her teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner) pay for an abortion. Crass, combative and vulnerable, Tomlin gives the performance of a lifetime in a film that suggests the planet might improve if all males were abducted by aliens.  (FULL REVIEW)

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:  A Walk in the Woods costar Emma Thompson confesses her secret ambition...and why she threatened Robert Redford.

 




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 Inside Out
This Disney/Pixar animated film burrows into the mind of a tween girl, where we meet her emotions — voiced by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. More than an exciting adventure story, it’s a meditation on how memories shape our lives.  (FULL REVIEW)


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 Mr. Holmes
Now 93, a retired Sherlock Holmes ( Ian McKellen) reopens the one case he could never solve, at the same time befriending the young son of his housekeeper ( Laura Linney). McKellen is fun as a man abashed by the legend that has grown up around him.  (FULL REVIEW)

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 Learning to Drive
She’s an elitist Manhattan literary critic. He’s an Indian cab driver. Together,  Patricia Clarkson and  Ben Kingsley make a charmingly odd couple in a film about perfect strangers who discover they’re just what the other one needs.  (FULL REVIEW)

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Director Guy Ritchie’s fond reimagining of the  classic 1960s spy series is set smack in the Cold War. While Henry Cavill channels his inner George Hamilton as dapper Napoleon Solo, Armie Hammer plays Russian spy Illya Kuryakin just the way we envisioned Russkies back then: humorless and musclebound.  (FULL REVIEW)

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation
After parsing the title’s tricky punctuation, taking down an international terror cell should be easy for  Tom Cruise & Co. We’ve seen  this nonstop whirl of double agents, impossible stunts and breathtaking challenges before, but nobody does it like Tom and the IMF.  (FULL REVIEW)

No Escape
Transforming from middle-aged actor to action star, Luke Wilson plays a devoted dad who must rescue his wife (Lake Bell) and two daughters from a machete-wielding horde in an unnamed Asian nation. (With  Pierce Brosnan as a hard-drinking, womanizing ex-pat.)

Ricki and the Flash
Meryl Streep stars as a third-tier rocker who returns for a visit with her ex-hubby  (Kevin Kline) and grown kids years after she abandoned them to follow her guitar dreams. Turns out — natch — they’re all just what each other needs right now.  Rick Springfield plays her bandmate/boyfriend.  (FULL REVIEW)

The Second Mother
Brazilian star Regina Casé is brilliant as a housekeeper whose modern-minded daughter comes to stay at the home where she works in São Paulo, only to scandalize Mom and her employers with her disregard for class boundaries.

Karen Abercrombie and Priscilla Shirer in War Room.

 

VIDEO: War Room writer-director Alex Kendrick on the new success of faith-based movies.


 


She’s Funny That Way
Peter Bogdanovich returns to form in this frothy tale of a playwright ( Owen Wilson) caught in a love triangle with his wife, her old flame and a heart-of-gold hooker.  Jennifer Aniston is funny as a shrink entangled in the mess. And look who else pops up: PB’s old gal pal Cybill Shepherd! (FULL REVIEW)

Some Kind of Beautiful
Not many 60+ stars can pull off the college-professor-irresistible-to-his-students bit. Then again, few have the gifts of  Pierce Brosnan, who plays a randy academic torn between sisters Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba. (Be grateful they dropped the original title:  How to Make Love Like an Englishman.)

Southpaw
Southpaw yearns to be  On the Waterfront or  Raging Bull, but it never coulda been a contenduh. Yes, Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself to play Billy “The Great” Hope, yet his scarred muscle mass and punch-drunk slurring can’t redeem the predictable script and derivative characters.  (FULL REVIEW)

Straight Outta Compton
Director F. Gary Gray ( The Italian Job) chronicles the 1980s  growth of hip-hop in this splendidly gritty story of the rise of rap group NWA. The ensemble playing Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and company is perfect;  Paul Giamatti shines as Jerry Heller, the producer who saw artistry in the group’s anger.

Z for Zachariah
Margot Robbie ( The Wolf of Wall Street) may be the only woman left alive, and she must choose between the only two surviving men: Chewitel Ejiofor  (12 Years a Slave) and Chris Pine  (Star Trek). He-e-y...didn’t Inger Stevens, Harry Belafonte and Mel Ferrer face the same dilemma in  The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (1959)?

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